These striking works of Swedish Mid Century Modern design are by Mari Simmulson (b. 1911- d. 2000) for Upsala Ekeby. Simmulson was a celebrated Swedish ceramics designer and ceramicist, known for many series she designed at Upsala Ekeby which went on to become classics. This hand-thrown and hand-glazed work comes from Simmulson's Agave series, designed around 1960.
Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
The series is characterised by the delightfully vivid leaves that are deeply incised broad strokes into the surface and gloss-glazed in hues of Sunbeam yellow and Bold teal. The silky leaves are offset against the fine-lined matte glazed backdrop in Mocha brown. The juxtaposition of glazes and textures gives these pieces a very touchable, tactile quality.
The combination of the form, decor and colour palette brings a joyful and lively vibe that makes these pieces suitable for standalone display or functionally as bud vases or candleholders.
Excellent - there are no chips, cracks, or repairs. There is negligible surface wear which is commensurable with the age of the pieces, please refer to photographs as they form part of the condition report. The underside of each vase's base is inscribed with Upsala Ekebys 'Ekeby' and Simmulson's 'ms' monogram as well as the model number '4443'.
Height: c. " / cm tall (from base to rim). Rim measurements: c. " / cm (across widest point). Base measurements: c. " / cm in diameter. Unpackaged weight [Pair]: c. 0.8 kg / 830 g
A BIT OF HISTORY
Mari Peterson Särgava, ceramicist and textile artist (b. 1911- d. 2000) began her career with an internship with Arabia in Finland and it was during this time she married Gustaf Simmulson.
Simmulson moved to Sweden in 1944 and began working with Wilhelm Kåge at Gustavsbergs, staying until 1949. Her career took her to Uppsala Ekeby in 1949, where she designed vases, figures, reliefs and wall paintings, many of them noted as unique pieces. She became a leading designer at Uppsala Ekeby where she remained until the early 1970s. Simmulson also received commissions for public pieces including at Luleå Kol, Upplandsbanken and Pharmacia.